Afolabi Imoukhuede is no new figure to the stakeholders in the NPower Programme. He is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and heads the N-Power Programme.
At the Launch of the N-Power Build programme, he shared a speech that we believe you should read. So go ahead and have a good read
ENUGU, ENUGU STATE, MAY 18, 2018
N-Power is the Job Creation Component of the Social Investment Programme (NSIP). It is an all-inclusive programme that focuses primarily on unemployed youths between the ages of 18 and 35 selected through a very transparent process.
The N-Power Build is a subcomponent under N-Power primarily focused on Demand Based Skills Competency Development for various sectors of our economy through Vocational Training and Apprenticeship. The N-Power Build category was designed towards reviving Nigeria’s apprenticeship culture and to enhance the employability status of unemployed youths.
An apprenticeship is a job with significant in-built learning designed to prepare individuals for future employment, employability and active citizenship.
Across the World, apprenticeships are seen as an important and powerful way of developing high quality workforce especially when they are linked to direct occupational needs of the various sectors and industries.
Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has over the years been positioned as a 2nd class alternative to academic pathways, but we must change that narrative.
By the sheer number of Graduates enrolled in the N-Power Build programme (though designated as a Non-Graduate track being that the minimum entry requirement is the Senior Secondary School Examination Certificate (SSCE)) points to the fact that we can position TVET Apprenticeship as an ambitious, expansive and powerful alternative to academic routes suitable for a wide range of learners.
Relevant Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and related development of any nation, this is why achieving large-scale skills development is the main thrust of the N-Power Programme.
Today as we formally launch this National Programme, we have begun by tailoring this Batch of 20,000 trainees deployed in about 250 approved participating Centres across Nigeria for the Construction and Automobile Sectors. (***active in 22 States & additional 15 States) Anchored by our Strategic
Partnership with the Sector Skill Councils approved by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE):
1. Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) for the Construction Industry and
2. National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) for the Automobile Industry, we defined the (7) Skill Competencies areas that has been rolled out since March 1 namely: carpentry and joinery, electrical installation, masonry, painting and decoration, plumbing and pipefitting, welding and fabrication and automobile technician and also developed all the relevant Training Curriculum and Manuals.
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